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Dear reader,

Dr. ir. SpaanWe have entered December. An important month for both private and business life. 2010 has been a busy, but good year! Speaking for IBS Precision Engineering I am happy to report that the "crisis" year 2009 is over and things are back on track!

Looking back at 2010 it has been an exciting year. We signed new partnerships, especially in Asia, had new product introductions, attended many conferences (also as Euspen president with very successful events in Delft, Jena and Paris), got stuck in the USA for a week during the burst of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland and reached the highest sales with IBS ever.

For me personally however, I have to say the biggest achievement and my proudest moment was the introduction of the most accurate 3D coordinate measuring machine (CMM) currently available on the market, our Isara [400]. All investments, time and risks last years were completely worth the effort seeing the final result! The first Isara [400] we sold will ship in 2011. Another milestone coming up!

This leaves me wishing everyone happy Christmas holidays and all the best for the new year! I hope you have a great time with your family and friends. See you in 2011!

Dr. ir. Henny Spaan
Introduction CPA100 - LION's new capacitive measuring system

CPA100 capacitive measuring systemThe Process Monitor (CPA100) is the new capacitive system from LION Precision. The output from this system is repeatable but not linear. It is used in servo "zero-seeking" systems where the capacitive sensor outputs are used to drive a system to a known good condition.

The system is useful in production process applications that require some analog feedback and the ability to alert an operator or the control system when readings are out-of-range. It is also used where a threshold voltage is established at which some conditional action is initiated.

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New contact probe Triskelion [70] available

Triskelion 70 contact probeIBS Precision Engineering developed an ultra-precision touch probe system, the Triskelion probe, which is suitable for point measurements as well as scanning. Its excellent measuring uncertainty and full 3D measurement capabilities make this probe suitable for ultra-precision 3D metrology. Possible applications include 3D ultra-precision (micro-/nano-) CMMs as well as on-machine metrology on machine tools.

Recently, a new Triskelion with an extremely small probe sphere (70 µm) has been introduced as well: the Triskelion [70]. This probe sphere makes it possible to measure even smaller optical features, but also small holes in mechanical items like injection nozzles.

Read more on the differences and specifications 
New partnership with Enable K.K. in Japan for Isara [400] 3D CMM

Enable K.K. company logoThanks to a new partnership between IBS Precision Engineering and Enable K.K., our Isara [400] full 3D CMM now has a local agent in Japan. 

Based in Saitama, Japan, Enable K.K. is the ideal partner because of their extensive experience and knowledge in the fields of Nano Technology and Precision Engineering.

Visit the Enable K.K. website (Japanese)
ISO standards - recent updates

In this ISO standards update, we focus on the Recently published ISO standards in the field of Geometrical product specifications (GPS) - Surface texture:

ISO 25178-601:2010 and Geometrical product specifications (GPS) - Surface texture: Areal - Part 601: Nominal characteristics of contact (stylus) instruments 

ISO 25178-602:2010 and Geometrical product specifications (GPS) - Surface texture: Areal - Part 602: Nominal characteristics of non-contact (confocal chromatic probe) instruments 

ISO 25178-701:2010 and Geometrical product specifications (GPS) - Surface texture: Areal - Part 701: Calibration and measurement standards for contact (stylus) instruments 

Events update

IBS standLast months IBS Precision Engineering was present at several events. We have attended the MM Live in Coventry, UK, on October 19th and 20th. One week later, we were present on the 25th Japan International Machine Tool Fair (JIMTOF) that took place in Tokyo.  Early November we could also be found at the Taiwan International Machine Tool Show (TMTS).

More recently, we were also present at the Manufacturing Technologies to Support Large Science Projects event in Paris, organised by Euspen. Finally, the Precision Fair 2010 that was held in the Netherlands last week, was the final event for us this year. During this event we demonstrated our new Agilent laser inferferometer product range.

We are now in the process of determining all fairs that we will attend in 2011. Please check the events section on our website for the latest updates. In case you have any ideas on conferences or fairs you think IBS Precision Engineering would fit well, please let us know! Tips and ideas are always welcome!

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